Del Bosque: There’ll be changes

Vicente del Bosque has conceded that he’ll mix things up ahead of Tahiti, including in goal, whilst reminding Spain ‘the more goals the better’.

La Roja head into their second Group B fixture of the Confederations Cup strong favourites to defeat Oceania representatives Tahiti.

Ahead of the game, all training sessions have indicated wholesale changes in the team, including between the sticks, and the Coach has confirmed that this is going to be the case.

“All three goalkeepers will play in the tournament. On the subject of the goalkeepers, the doomsayers have finally been able to make a mistake and there is nothing toxic,” Del Bosque told reporters in his pre-match address.

“All those who believed that bringing Valdes into the national team would create trouble are wrong.

“He is a generous guy, whilst the outside world has thought he would poison things, he has proven otherwise.”

Spain were impressive in their opening day win against Uruguay and Del Bosque has urged his team not to lose focus against lesser opponents.

“We have started the Confederations Cup well. We hope not to go wrong, because we expect very tough opponents. The goal is to win and will not put limits on the players.

“Those who did not play the other day will play. My duty is to manage the physical and mental efforts and seek the best solution.

“If you ask any of the 23, all of them would want to play, because they want to win and pick up the caps. And this is not easy to reconcile.

“We’ve all played against weak opponents and it is difficult because you have to face them with the right competitive spirit. I ask them not to look at the scoreboard.

“The greatest respect and to the profession is to win and the more goals the better. In any case, Tahiti’s players did not seem so bad against Nigeria.

“There is no contempt for the opponent [in making 11 changes], but an attempt to take care of the squad’s balance. It helps improve relations that everyone feels useful.

“The 23 that I have are all starters for their clubs and are able to play with the national team.”

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